Sparhawk-from-Elenia hunts! Now, go away!
I'll say it again: THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK SERIES.
So fun to spend time with these characters. It's especially good to have Queen Ehlana awake in this one. I remember being quite surprised at her personality and ...umm.. assertiveness the first time I read this.
I think that one could read the character of Ehlana as some sort of authorial wish-fulfillment or something, but as I reread these, Ehlana's got her own very distinct and interesting personality, and I can't help but wonder whether she's based on Eddings' wife Leigh. I can tell he's got a lot of love for this character, and I guess I project that on a cantankerous old author.
Well, the book ends more or less how you would expect, but the journey is half the fun...
Maybe except for the twist at the very end about Princess Danae (!) Onwards to the second trilogy!